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Horror Express -- An English anthropologist has discovered a frozen monster in the frozen wastes of Manchuria which he believes may be the Missing Link...
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Arnaud d'Usseau (screenplay) and
Julian Zimet (screenplay) (originally as Julian Halevy)
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Release Date:
December 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Can it be stopped? See more »
Plot:
In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(53 articles)
Tyburn Films: British Horror’s last line of Defence
 (From Shadowlocked. 4 July 2014, 6:30 AM, PDT)

John Cacavas, Prolific TV, Film Composer, Dies at 83
 (From Variety - TV News. 30 January 2014, 8:45 PM, PST)

R.I.P. TV/Film Composer John Cacavas
 (From Deadline TV. 30 January 2014, 4:10 PM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lee ... Prof. Sir Alexander Saxton

Peter Cushing ... Dr. Wells

Alberto de Mendoza ... Father Pujardov
Silvia Tortosa ... Countess Irina Petrovska

Julio Peña ... Inspector Mirov
Ángel del Pozo ... Yevtushenko (as Angel del Pozo)

Helga Liné ... Natasha (as Helga Line)

George Rigaud ... Count Maryan Petrovski (as Jorge Rigaud)
Alice Reinheart ... Miss Jones
José Jaspe ... Konev - Conductor (as Jose Jaspe)
Víctor Israel ... Baggage Man (as Victor Israel)
Juan Olaguivel ... Creature (as Juan Olaguibel)
Vicente Roca ... Station Master
Barta Barri ... First Telegraphist
José Marco ... Vorkin (as Jose Marco)
José Canalejas ... Russian Guard (as Jose Canalejas)

Telly Savalas ... Capt. Kazan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Beckman ... Second Telegraphist (uncredited)
Faith Clift ... American Passenger, Miss Bennett (uncredited)
Hiroshi Kitatawa ... Grashinski - the Locksmith (uncredited)
Allen Russell ... Capt. O'Hagan (uncredited)
Fernando Villena ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Eugenio Martín  (as Gene Martin)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Arnaud d'Usseau (screenplay) and
Julian Zimet (screenplay) originally as Julian Halevy

Produced by
Bernard Gordon .... producer
Gregorio Sacristán .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Cacavas 
 
Cinematography by
Alejandro Ulloa (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Dearberg  (as Robert Dearberg)
 
Production Design by
Ramiro Gómez  (as Gomez Ramiro)
 
Set Decoration by
Ramiro Gómez 
 
Makeup Department
Rafael Berraquero .... assistant makeup artist
Fernando Florido .... makeup artist
Romana González .... assistant hair stylist
Julián Ruiz .... makeup supervisor
María Nieves Ruiz .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Juan Gracia .... unit production manager
José María Ramos .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gil Carretero .... assistant director
Vicente Escrivá hijo .... second assistant director (as Vicente Escrivá)
 
Art Department
John Chisholm .... props
Jesús Mateos .... decorator
Rafael Pérez Murcia .... assistant art director
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Manuel Ferreiro .... boom operator (as Manuel Ferreiro Sierra)
Antonio Illán .... sound supervisor
Luis López Díaz .... sound recordist
Enrique Molinero .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Pablo Pérez .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Stevens .... optical effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Teo Escamilla .... camera operator (as Teodoro Escamilla)
Simón López .... still photographer (as Simon Lopez)
Luis Peña .... focus puller (as Luis Pena)
Antonio Vega .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrés Fernández .... wardrobe master (as Andres Fernandez)
Carmen Manzano .... wardrobe mistress
Charles Simminger .... wardrobe supervisor (as Charlie Simminger)
 
Editorial Department
Carmen Alonso .... assistant editor
Fernando Megino .... assistant editor
Mari Carmen Taberner .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Katrina Bayonas .... unit publicist
Rafael Pérez Murcia .... set assistant (as Rafael Perez Murcia)
José Luis Rubio .... production assistant
Isabel Ruiz Capillas .... script supervisor (as Maribel Ruiz-Capilla)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Panic in the Trans-Siberian Train" - International (English title)
"The Possessor" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
91 min (Blu-ray Edition) | USA:88 min | Spain:84 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (1990) | France:Tous publics | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1975) | Norway:15 | Spain:13 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1994) (1998) (2000) (2006) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Filmed in December 1971, the first Christmas for Peter Cushing since the February 14 death of his beloved wife Helen. Christopher Lee's family made it as warm an affair as possible for Cushing, who would grieve for his lost wife for the remainder of his life, often playing roles that mirrored his own sadness. Despite the freezing working conditions and "abominable" food, this film provided one of the few co-starring roles where the two actors get to work in unison, rather than opposing one another, with Cushing getting the most amusing lines.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The opening credits say the movie takes place in Peking, but all the railroad station sets have signs that say "Shanghai" in Chinese. The cast's dialogue also refers to their train trip starting in Shanghai.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Wells:What are you going to astound the scientific world with this time?
Professor Saxton:You'll read about it in the Society's annual report. A remarkable fossil.
Dr. Wells:Fossil? But you've got something live in there, I heard it.
Professor Saxton:You're mistaken!
Dr. Wells:You won't need to feed it then.
Professor Saxton:The occupant hasn't eaten in two million years.
Dr. Wells:That's one way to economize on food bills.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hanging Perverts (2010)See more »

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59 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
I loved it!, 23 October 2004
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

The first halve of this movie is pretty standard seventies horror stuff like featured in most of the old Hammer movies. The second halve however really surprised and impressed me. I loved it!

I really love old-horror movies with both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in it. In this movie they are better than ever together. Their acting is superb and so is the rest of the cast even though it is a bit strange that almost all of the Russians are played by Spanish people. Telly Savalas also shows up in a fun role. Savalas is probably best known for portraying Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" but he also played in classics like: "Cape Fear" (1962), "Kelly's Heroes", "Capricorn One" and "The Dirty Dozen". It's wonderful to see such fine acting in one movie because normally mainly it are just only Cushing and Lee who are the only good actors in a movie like this.

Also this movie is actually scary and gory and it has a really good atmosphere. It starts like some kind of monster movie like "Creature From the Black Lagoon" but the second halve of the movie is more like a Zombie movie like "Lifeforce" (which is an underrated horror classic in my opinion with a great soundtrack). A combination that worked really well for me.

The story stays simple and of course ridicules but it still is better than 90% of the other movies from the same genre and it actually goes deeper in trying to explain some of the things.

In my opinion a real horror classic!

8/10

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